Stellungnahme zum Kartellrecht

1WorldSync Richtlinien zur kartellrechtlichen Compliance

1WorldSync hat zum Ziel, Produktdatenmanagement und auf GS1-Standards basierende Datensynchronisationslösungen und -dienstleistungen zu bieten. Unter gewissen Umständen kann 1WorldSync einen repräsentativen Querschnitt durch ihre Anwender und Lieferketten-Führer erstellen, die eng mit 1WorldSync zusammenarbeiten bei der Entwicklung von freiwilligen individuellen Einführungen und Umsetzungen von GS1-Standards im Unternehmen oder benutzergesteuerten Geschäftsprozessen und -anforderungen, um die Effizienz und Komplexität des Datenaustauschs zu verbessern, die Produktinformationsqualität zu steigern und die Entwicklung von Produktdaten-Managementsystemen der Zukunft („1WorldSync-Community-Aktivitäten“). Die 1WorldSync-Community-Aktivitäten sollen den Wettbewerb verbessern und Wettbewerbspraktiken erleichtern. Die Einhaltung dieser Richtlinien zur kartellrechtlichen Compliance wird dazu beitragen.

It is the policy and practice of 1WorldSync to conduct all of its meetings and activities in strict compliance with applicable federal and state laws. Because participants 1WorldSync Community Activities are often competitors, it is particularly important to comply fully with federal and state antitrust laws. These laws seek to preserve and promote competition and to deter anticompetitive conduct.

Participants in 1WorldSync Community Activities are committed both to strict compliance with the antitrust laws and to the avoidance of any appearance of improper or anticompetitive conduct. Counsel for 1WorldSync will: review agendas, key action items, handouts, and slide presentations in advance of all Committee Activities; review meeting minutes in advance of distribution; and be present, as requested, to monitor meetings that might give rise to competitive concerns. Individual companies are strongly urged to consult with their own counsel for legal advice concerning documents a company wishes to disseminate, presentations made by company officials, and other pertinent issues.

Violations of the antitrust laws can result in serious penalties for both companies and individuals. These penalties include treble damage awards, heavy fines, and injunctions. Individuals may be subject to imprisonment. It is, therefore, incumbent upon everyone participating in 1WorldSync Community activities to avoid subject areas and discussions which might be construed as anticompetitive.

Participants in 1WorldSync Community Activities or anyone making presentations should read and abide by the following rules:

  1. There should be no discussion of prices, one’s own or those of a competitor, or of any factors which might affect prices such as discounts or margins, and terms and conditions of sale.
  2. There should be no discussion of profits, profit margins or cost data of one’s own, or those of a competitor.
  3. There should be no discussion that might lead to any agreement to raise, lower or hold present or future price levels.
  4. There should be no discussions regarding allocation of territories, markets, or customers.
  5. There should be no discussions regarding restrictions upon production, boycotts or refusals to deal.
  6. There should be no discussions regarding selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.
  7. There should be no discussion or conduct at social events incidental to meetings that would not be proper at the meetings themselves.
  8. All discussions during meetings must be limited to agenda items that counsel has reviewed and approved.

If a subject with any anti-competitive implication or appearance is raised at any meeting, persons attending the meeting should object and request that the subject be dropped.